Ken Williams passed away peacefully on Dec. 17, 2014 surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on July 21, 1948 in Hamlet, North Carolina, to James Frank Williams and Jessie Grant Williams.
Growing up, he was an all-county football player at Hamlet High School. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star. During his 23 year Army career, he served in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 25th MP Infantry Division. He retired from the military at the rank of first sergeant. He was a lifetime member of the Hope Mills VFW Post 10630. He was a member of the Retired Military Police Association and at one time served as the secretary for the organization. He was also a member of the 173rd Airborne Association and the 82nd Airborne Golden Brigade.
Ken was married to the former Connie Brigman. They spent many happy years together living in Fayetteville, Germany and Hawaii, and then traveling in retirement to various military reunions. Their union ended with Connie’s death in April 2005.
After Connie’s death, Ken was able to rekindle a friendship with Polly Robinson McDuffie. They also enjoyed going to military reunions, the Grand Canyon and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Ken and Polly were married in 2013.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Stancil Williams; and his sister, Hope Williams Bryant. Ken is survived by his wife, Polly; brothers, Richard and Jerry; sons, Bryan (and wife Carol) and Jeff (and wife Heather); stepdaughter, MaryAnn Prevatte; stepson, Lee McDuffie (and fiancée Tara Daughtery); grandchildren, Matthew Williams, Daniel Williams, Rhiannon Williams, Braedon Williams, Amber Faulk, Raven Prevatte, Jasmine Prevatte; great-grandson, Matthew Brigman; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Ken’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville or the Retired Military Police Association.